Caribbean 360 underlines the importance of Martinique’s recent acceptance as associate member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). See more details in the link below:
The St. Lucia-based OECS Commission said Martinique will sign the necessary agreement on Wednesday, increasing the nine-member sub-regional grouping to 10. “Martinique’s pending membership of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States follows a period of negotiations after the Regional Council of Martinique submitted a formal application for associate membership in the OECS with the full support/endorsement of the French Government,” the OECS Commission said.
In November 2013, the Regional Assembly voted unanimously in favour of the island’s membership of the OECS. “Since then the OECS Commission has been treating Martinique effectively as an Associate Member and the French Region has already been attending regional meetings on matters such as health,” the Commission said.
OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules describes as “historic” the island’s pending membership of the sub-regional grouping. “The involvement of Martinique in the OECS; while there are limitations because of their status in relation to France, opens up great potential and certainly widens the demographics from an economic perspective.
“We have seen the relationship grow between Martinique and Saint Lucia and between Guadeloupe and Dominica for example. What that does now is widen this to the whole OECS. The use of Martinique as a tertiary health facility centre for the OECS is something under discussion so there are a lot of opportunities. [. . .]